Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced today the formation of the Secretary of State’s Election Code Review Committee. The Election Code Review Committee is charged with revising the Georgia Election Code, which was originally enacted in 1964, by proposing clarifications and technical changes that will promote sound election practices in Georgia and improved organization of the provisions in the Election Code. The Elections Code Review Committee is being formed as a recommendation from the Elections Advisory Council that was formed by Secretary Kemp last year.
“Georgia has taken tremendous steps to implement numerous safeguards and voting opportunities that make our elections among the most secure and accessible in the country,” said Secretary Kemp. “Though we are proud of the progress we have made to secure our elections and make improvements in the process, I know there are always opportunities to improve our elections processes at all levels of government.”
As part of Secretary Kemp’s continuing effort to enhance and strengthen election practices in Georgia, Secretary Kemp has enlisted the participation of experts and leaders in election law as members of the Election Code Review Committee.
The Elections Code Review Committee is comprised of the following:
• Secretary of State Brian Kemp
• Lynn Ledford, Gwinnett County Elections Director
• Beth Kish, Elections and Registration Manager, Cobb County Board of Elections & Registration
• Mike Jablonski, General Counsel, Democratic Party of Georgia
• Anne Lewis, General Counsel, Georgia Republican Party
• Ann Hicks, Former Director of the State Elections Division
The Committee will hold its inaugural meeting this month and will continue to meet at regular intervals throughout the year with the goal of proposing the revised Election Code in 2013. The committee will also seek input from the Governor and Attorney General’s offices as well as House and Senate Leadership and Legislative Counsel.
Secretary Kemp added, “One of my key responsibilities as Georgia’s Secretary of State is to ensure the highest degrees of fairness, access, security and transparency in a non-partisan manner in all of our elections processes. I look forward to working with the committee to rewrite and simplify the state election code so that everybody can have a clear understanding of the law.”
Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January, 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting efficient and secure elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders. The office also oversees the Georgia Archives.